Why Postcodes Change
The Postcode system is dynamic - it changes frequently with around 1.25 million address changes in an average year. There are times when Royal Mail are forced to make changes to the Postcode system in order to maintain postal delivery efficiency.
For example, new housing developments or business parks in already densely populated areas can leave no free postcodes for Royal Mail to allocate. this can lead to the recoding of a wider area to create additional codes to allocate.
Royal Mail are continually updating the national address database but they release Postcode update summaries every 6 months which provide broad details concerning which areas have been affected. See below for the latest Postcode release information.
Map-Logic provide updates to all associated databases and tables every 3 months to help ensure your data content is as accurate and up-to-date as possible.
Latest Postcode Changes
The documents linked to below detail the latest Postcode changes and address statistics for reference.
This table shows the number of businesses and vacant organisations on the Royal Mail address database, the Postcode Address File (PAF®). The table compares the latest month's figures with those from the previous month, identifying the percentage variation between the months. > Download
This document shows the number of delivery point additions, deletions and changes and the reasons for the change.
This table shows the sectors and localities applied to the Postcode Address File (PAF®) system this month.
This table shows the total numbers of, and number of changes to, Postcodes, localities, Post Towns, delivery points and other PAF elements. > Download